Near Cleveland, Ohio
If you are a roller coaster fan, then you have probably heard of Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. This amazing amusement park is home to some of the highest rated roller coasters in the world, including the blockbuster giga-coaster Millennium Force. Sandusky, Ohio rests on the southern banks of Lake Erie and it is about an hour away from Cleveland, OH and two hours from Detroit, Michigan.
South to Cincinnati, Ohio
When you have had your fill of the fresh water, breezes, and award-winning roller coasters on the northern border of Ohio, you can then travel south to Cincinnati to visit King’s Island. The major city of Cincinnati is on the Ohio River border and there are plenty of other activities to do along with riding more roller coasters. This coaster park has the one of the largest wooden coaster, The Beast.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
After visiting Cincinnati, it is not a long drive to the mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, near Gatlinburg. This area is an incredibly popular tourist area and one of the biggest draws is the Dollywood Theme Park, which is named after Dolly Parton. The park continues to grow each year and for the past few years, Dollywood has been adding roller coasters. The latest and greatest is the Wild Eagle which is a winged coaster. Pigeon Forge may not be the biggest city in Tennessee, but it certainly is a unique place.
Visit the Carolinas
A quick little drive to North and South Carolina promises fun at Carowinds Amusement Park. This park straddles the border so it is not in a major city, but it is a short drive to major cities in North Carolina, like Charlotte and Raleigh. The hit roller coaster at Carowinds is the Intimidator. There are many others, too, which makes it an incredibly fun park to visit.
If you want to continue your travels south, Six Flags Over Georgia makes its home in Atlanta. This major city is home to so many other activities, making it a place that you can spend a significant amount of time. Atlanta is a city full of big buildings, museums, and aquariums, and the Six Flags Park has several big coasters like the Superman ride and the Batman coaster.
Santa Claus in Indiana
Moving back up a bit north to Southern Indiana, Holiday World makes a unique stop, especially for families that love Christmas and everything related to it. The resort’s address is on Christmas Road in Santa Claus, Indiana. This park has a legendary water ride called Mammoth and it has been named the World’s Longest Water Ride. The Legend is the one of the top wooden roller coasters in the world, not just because of the coaster, but because of the landscape that it traverses. This park is close to Louisville, Kentucky and Evanston, Illinois.
There are several other unbelievable amusement parks all over the United States. The majority of the parks are located on the eastern side of the Mississippi River. To the west of the river, the majority of the parks are located in California, with a few in Texas.